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Working Cities Lowell Initiative

The Working Cities Lowell Initiative is a collective impact partnership working with all residents and business owners to improve the Acre neighborhood of Lowell. The partnership formed with funding administered from the Working Cities Challenge grant program through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Our partners chose the Acre as our target neighborhood because the of the high levels of poverty and diversity.


Core Partners

Coalition for a Better Acre, City of Lowell, A.C.T.I.O.N (Acre Neighborhood Group), Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, Community Teamwork Inc., Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell Housing Authority, MassHire Career Center of Lowell, Middlesex Community College, Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
With Funding administered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.


The Problem: The Acre has a poverty rate of 45.5%.

The Acre is one of the Lowell’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods with the largest concentration of subsidized housing units in the city (an estimated 1,100 out of a total of 1,400 units in the neighborhood). This combined makes the Acre one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods


Our Shared Vision

The shared vision for the Working Cities Lowell Initiative is that in 10 years, Lowell maintains a culturally diverse and economically thriving community, where poverty is reduced, income and wealth is increased; with a special focus on low income families and people of color from the Acre neighborhood. To get to this vision WCC Lowell has the identified long-term goals of:

  • Increase in positive employment, economic development, and educational outcomes for residents

  • Increase in civic & resident leadership engagement for low income individuals and people of color

  • Changes to Public policies/city conditions that reflect the needs of diverse residents


Connect to Resources

Lowell has many resources to help individuals, families, and business owners accomplish their goals. Whether you need housing, a job/career, financial assistance, or even want to volunteer, there are organizations in Lowell that you connect with


The Acre

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The Acre Neighborhood of Lowell

The historic neighborhood of Lowell MA has served as a gateway to the City of Lowell and the United States as a whole. From the beginning, immigrants from Ireland settled here to work in the textile mills. From there French Canadian and Greek immigrants called the Acre their home. Now, many immigrants from Latin American and Southeast Asian countries live here